Corsica Land of escape
The tourist wealth of Corsica is based on a rare natural heritage. Between Ile Rousse and Ajaccio if you want to discover unforgettable places the examples are legions ... The Calanche de Piana with its red granite rocks dug by erosion that overhang the road and plunge right into the Mediterranean Sea. Remarkable site also, the hamlet of Girolata which is accessible only by the sea and which is dominated by a strong genoese. The Gulf of Porto will offer you an unforgettable view, this landscape is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is made up of cliffs colored by the sun's rays and multicolored pebble beaches. The Bouches de Bonifacio at the extreme south of Corsica, they separate Corsica from Sardinia, the rocks are white unlike the west of the island but also offer breathtaking beauty. This village is characterized by a "vein" of limestone that make these cliffs a unique landscape. The Cap Corse between Saint Florent and Bastia you will also discover a multitude of landscapes all as beautiful as each other.
But the Corsican natural heritage does not stop at the coast, in the interior you can visit villages that tell the history of Corsica, with examples of places to discover: the anthropomorphic menhirs of Filitosa or the "Castelli" of The Alta Rocca, the chestnut forests in Castagniccia, the forests of pines Larici of endemic essence ... All these classified sites offer a true quietude to the walkers who discover them so much these places incite respect and admiration. Close to each mountain village it is not unusual to find rivers, waterfalls or natural swimming pools that invite you to bathe and rest in the shade of the trees that surround them.
Romanesque chapels of Castagniccia, Baroque churches of the Bastians, fortifications of Bonifacio or citadel of Calvi, History has deposited its prints everywhere and even in the most remote villages of the island. But its inhabitants have also erected museums, highlighted the archaeological sites, organized festivals very appreciated of music, of theater. Prehistory left the Menhirs of Filitosa to Corsica; The Romans taught him the cultivation of vines and the raising of oysters. From the Middle Ages, Christendom encouraged the erection of Romanesque and Baroque churches. As for the Genoese, they built fortresses and citadels there, ramparts against the invaders.
Each village in Corsica has a listed building or a place, these remarkable places are either by their beauty or by their history which make that the ruins make you discover ancestral times that no one remembers ...
In Corsica, the stones are the history of the island, they are inherited from the Genoese occupation, and the ramparts of former days were charged to defend the island against its attackers, Genoese towers are scattered to the four Corners of the island and emphasize a story full of events. Some can be visited as they have been restored or are in the process of restoration.
If you land or go to Bastia to stay in our hotel, you will drive through Ponte Novu by car and you will discover the remains of a Genoese bridge connecting the two banks of the Golo to the village. In 1769, it was the place of bloody clashes between the troops of Pascal Paoli and those of the King of France. A fine example of the military genius of the time will be the citadel of Calvi which dominate the sea by its rampart and its fortified place full of history.
The Genoese forts of Matra, Girolata and Saint-Florent ... the fortified walls of Porto-Vecchio ... the vestiges of Filitosa are other remarkable places that you may not have time to visit and that will incite you to Come back to Corsica, because here every rocks hide you a unique and beautiful landscape.